Tonight on the way back from seeing a movie I wondered to myself what does it mean to be a preacher. As I pondered this idea the first answer that leap to my mind was this; a preacher is a story teller.
Now before you think that this is an over simplification of a complex task I want you to consider the fact that we all have a story, every one of us. Not just an individual narrative, all our stories intersect with multiple other stories. The story of our spouse, our kids, our friends, our co-workers, even the stories of those we do not know impact ours. Further more, our stories have been impacted by the stories of those who have come before us: Ramses II, Alexander the Great, Gregory the Great, Luther, Alexander Hamilton, they all have impacted how we see the world, perceive truth, and measure orthodoxy.
We are, to put it simply, a part of a grand and exponentially complex web of humanities narrative. But not just humanities narrative, we are a part of the divine narrative as revealed and being revealed by God to his creation.
Our job as preachers then is to tell others how there story matters to God and intersects with his story.